For more than 100 years Workshops, Inc. has assisted people with disabilities to live full lives by becoming employed. We believe that everyone, regardless of ability, has something positive to contribute to our community, and we work to bring out that passion and to develop each person's abilities.
Workshops offers an array of vocational rehabilitation services that are geared toward helping people with disabilities become employed. For those who have never worked before, who have been away from employment for some time, or have trouble retaining knowledge of how to be a good employee, we offer an Employee Development Program. For those who already demonstrate good work habits, we offer Community Employment Services. And for high school students who seek some basic work experience to help them transition from school to work, we offer a Work Experience Program. Finally, Workshops provides Organizational Employment for a number of people whose disabilities have prevented them from finding or retaining competitive employment.
Workshops' consumers have a wide range of disabilities - from physical to mental and intellectual. But they all have one thing in common: they are able to provide some level of productivity or potential for employment. Workshops, Inc. is not simply a day center for people with disabilities, because we expect each consumer to attain and maintain a basic level of productivity and to set vocational goals for his/her future.
Consumers are generally referred to Workshops by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services. If you think that you or someone you love might benefit from Workshops' services, please contact us.
The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is more than 50% greater than for people without disabilities
People with disabilities constitute the nation's largest minority group, and the only group any of us can become a member of at any time
Of 70 million families in the United States, more than 20 million have at least one family member with a disability
The unemployment rate of people with disabilities is ten times greater than the national unemployment rate
People with disabilities are nearly twice as likely as people without disabilities to have an annual household income of $15,000 or less
According to the U.S. Department of Education, workers with disabilities are rated consistently as average or above average in performance, quality and quantity of work, flexibility, and attendance.
Alabama has the second highest rate of disability in the U.S.